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Fergus, thank you for giving me my foundation, keeping me humble, and solidifying my love for OTTBs and eventing. You were my best friend from my early teens, helped me survive college and adulthood, gave me a taste of breaking into the top, and granted me the joy of paying it forward as I watched you teach (and terrorize) others. You were my most frustrating rival, my best professor, and responsible for changing the course of my life. 💔
We’re sad to report today that Lynn Symansky’s first international horse, No It ‘Tissant, has passed away at the age of 28. “Thank you for giving me my foundation, keeping me humble, and solidifying my love for OTTBs and eventing,” Lynn wrote in a statement posted on social media. “You were my most frustrating rival, my best professor, and responsible for changing the course of my life.”
Together, Lynn and “Fergus” finished 10th in the 2003 Pan American Games at Fair Hill and also finished in the top 20 in their Kentucky debut in 2007. He retired from competing at the upper levels in 2008 and spent his older years teaching Lynn’s students the ropes before retiring full-time in 2012. We send our condolences to Lynn and all of those whose lives were touched by No It ‘Tissant. [No It ‘Tissant (1992-2020)]
National Holiday: Valentine’s Day
Events This Weekend:
The USEA announced another way to reward volunteers participating in the VIP program. The Volunteer Medal Program gives volunteers accumulating substantial hours the opportunity to earn bronze, silver and gold medals and other prizes. The awards, handed out at the end of the year, are intended to recognize volunteers for consistent efforts and dedication. [New Addition to VIP: The Volunteer Medal Program]
Do you need a dental exam for your horse? Basic dental examinations are a part of most horse owner’s veterinary care routine. But what should you expect during an exam, and what are some ways to be proactive with dental care? The Horse weighs in. [Do I Need a Dental Exam for My Horse?]
Let’s take a step back in time and revisit the career of Tad Coffin. In the latest in the FEI’s Golden Greats series, we learn all about the legendary show jumper and his incredible accomplishments. A history lover’s dream — and don’t miss the first of the series all about Sir Mark Todd. [Golden Greats #2: Tad Coffin]
Hot on Horse Nation: In the latest HN book review, we get a look at Better Lucky Than Good, a behind-the-scenes look at life on the backside of the racetrack. Specifically at the hallowed grounds that are Churchill Downs. Get the full scoop in the review here.
Friday Video Break: Another video of Ingrid Klimke doing fun, amazing things because the world can always use more of these.